Luweero residents furious with town council over garbage disposal

Luweero town council is embroiled in a row with residents over the garbage site following the closure of the treatment plant. In 2009, German Development Service-DED built a garbage treatment plant near Kasana Market in Luweero town council.

The plant was expected to process garbage into manure for sale to farmers. However, in 2011, the project collapsed when the DED pulled out citing financial impropriety by town council officials. A result, Luweero town council resorted to dumping garbage at another 2.5 hectare piece of land found in Kalongo South east zone.

However, residents neighboring the site want it relocated citing poor garbage disposal. Kulusum Nakabanda, an affected resident faults the town council authorities for dumping garbage in a residential area, which exposes residents to diseases.

Betty Nambi, another affected residents some of the neighbors have abandoned their houses because of the heavy stench and swarm of flies from the garbage.

Twaha Kalema, another resident says the runoff water from the garbage also contaminates a nearby well, which is used as source of water.

Residents also claims the crisis is worsened by the public cemetery, which is part of the 2.5 hectare garbage site.

Hadijah Nakyonyi and Halima Namukwaya claims that often dogs exhume bodies in the cemetery and feast on them.

Muluuta Mugagga, the Luweero town clerk declined to comment saying he was busy but the LC 3 Chairperson of the town Paul Mukungu said there are no plans to relocate the garbage site.

Mukungu says that he has received an invitation from the Germany Government to discuss among others issues, revamping the garbage treatment plant, saying they he hopeful they will start receiving funding.